When Downend Camera Club was formed in the 1950’s its President stated “If not the greatest it’s the happiest, because if nothing else this club is a place of atmosphere, a friendly atmosphere” and that sentiment applies as much today as it did then.


We are very proud of our tradition of photography and friendliness and you are welcome to visit the club any Tuesday night throughout the year, or come and see us at any local event.









Downend Camera Club is a vibrant and active club with 40 members who meet weekly throughout the year. We have a wide and varied programme that caters for all abilities and aims to improve the photography of its members. We are continuing and extending the traditions of the club by being actively involved in the community, we hold regular exhibitions within our three local libraries, we take part in the Mangotsfield Festival the Bromley Heath Festival and hold our own Annual Exhibition in our meeting room in Salisbury Road.


There are many benefits being a member of the club:

Finding new friends with the same interest
Exhibit your work in local libraries at local festivals and at our annual exhibition in the clubroom in Salisbury Road
Show your work to the world in your own member’s gallery on the club website
Last month we had more than 15,000 hits on the site!
If your images are ‘placed’ in our monthly competitions they too will be displayed on our Competitions page
Regular tutorials for Photoshop and 'Pictures to Exe'
Practical evenings covering such topics as 'close up', table top and portraiture
Organised evening or weekend trips out with the camera with opportunities to learn from experienced colleagues
Many members feel a sense of ‘security in numbers’ when photographing in a group, even if it’s only two or three at a time.


It has become apparent in recent months that the two most frequently asked questions are, what camera should I buy, there are so many to choose from? and secondly how much does it cost to join the club?


We are a club whose members have a range of cameras, some very expensive and some not so expensive, an ideal place to get good advice. Try out some of the features on colleague’s cameras and then decide for your self.


Membership is £55 per year per member but only £75 for the whole family. If you join halfway through the year then a pro-rata rate is charged.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or queries, through the 'contact us' button on the main menu, we are always pleased to help.